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ICC World Cup: South Africa will take on Bangladesh at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai

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In ICC World Cup, South Africa will take on Bangladesh at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai at 2 PM.

After a minor blip, the fast and furious South Africa are back on the highway in full steam and will be looking to power their mean engine into the next gear. Standing in their way are a bruised Bangladesh outfit who will be eager to prove they are not the rabbit in the headlights, hoping that the Proteas are caught napping at the wheel like they were in Dharamsala.

But going by the flogging that the defending champions experienced at the hands of South Africa, Bangladesh’s hope might just turn out to be more “Ellis Boyd Redding” and less “Andy Dufresne” a la The Shawshank Redemption. Because South Africa are flying high after the 229-run thrashing they handed England. They have the highest net run rate among all 10 teams in this World Cup and a victory against Bangladesh will propel them to the second spot. Playing another game at the high-scoring Wankhede, where they have familiarised themselves despite all the heat and humidity, is an added advantage to make the Protea Fire continue to burn bright.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, are in the bottom half of the points table and are in dire need of stringing together some victories so that their journey doesn’t come to an early end. Their batting has been the main let-down, especially their tendency to suffer collapses and not capitalise on solid platforms. They were 93 for 0 against India before slipping to 201 for 6. Although their start against India was a remarkable improvement from the 56/4 against New Zealand and 49/4 against England, they still haven’t been able to come up with a collective batting display.

The South African batters, on the other hand, have been in roaring form, with telling contributions all through the batting order. Hence it is no surprise that they have posted the two highest totals in this World Cup, have the two fastest centuries, and have as many as five three-figure scores from their batters, the most from any team so far in this competition. That Reeza Hendricks, having warmed the bench in the first three matches, jumped at the opportunity arising from Temba Bavuma’s illness, goes to show how well tuned the South African batting engine room is. And with the bowlers too not making things any easy for the opposition – South Africa rank third currently for most wickets taken by teams in the 2023 World Cup – Bangladesh need to pull a rabbit out of the hat on Tuesday.

Squads:

South Africa Squad: Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram(c), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Temba Bavuma, Lizaad Williams

Bangladesh Squad: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto(c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan

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